Vulcain Jump Hour...whatcha think?

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    Question Vulcain Jump Hour...whatcha think?

    I bought this Vulcain for a laughable price from a vintage watch shop...I've always wondered how much it's really worth to collectors - so I did a search on ebay and found these two current auctions:


    This is in pretty good shape, except for the strap...
    Vintage Vulcain Jump Hour Automatic Watch | eBay

    And this one that's a mess...
    VINTAGE VULCAIN JUMP HOUR DIRECT READ AUTO WATCH 4U2FIX | eBay

    Mine is in better shape then both of them and runs superb! Keeps fantastic time, I was shocked. I think both ebay listings are a bit ridiculous price-wise considering condition (BIN $650 & $599 respectively) - but I wanted to get a feel for what someone would offer for such a timepiece. I always wanted a jump hour, which is precisely why I snatched it up! Let me know what you think, sorry about the cell pics - I'll grab my canon if better shots are requested.

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    Re: Vulcain Jump Hour...whatcha think?

    When checking values on Ebay, always check completed listings; "Buy it now" prices tend to be silly. Both the ones you listed are re-lists. The seller is fishing for someone who specifically wants these watches enough to pay the price (and the price reflects the fact that he knows he's going to have to relist it many times before he gets a bite). As such, it doesn't really reflect the true value; a dedicated or nostalgic collector can be expected to pay above grade, if you're patient enough. Nice thing about ebay is that the audience is wide enough that the odds are higher, so patience is rewarded.
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    Re: Vulcain Jump Hour...whatcha think?

    Well, a lot of these sorts of watches in general have cheap, pin pallet movements inside. This one is rather better, one of the late Adolf Schild movements:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: AS 2082

    ...so it should not be surprising that it's still ticking away.

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: Vulcain Jump Hour...whatcha think?

    Just found this website with some more info about the watch...

    VULCAIN BASCHMAKOFF AS2072 JUMP HOUR 1970's

    Here is a pic of the inside (nabbed from site above)

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    My watch looks the exact same except one piece of decorative metal on the front is not a V but just a polished rectangle...

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    Re: Vulcain Jump Hour...whatcha think?

    I wonder if the plate is for engraving initials?
    Tick Talk says, "A watch in the hand is worth two on the wrist"

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    Re: Vulcain Jump Hour...whatcha think?

    Well that's a new one for me. Very interesting - there can't be many of those about. Well bought!
    Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects."

    Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)


    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: Vulcain Jump Hour...whatcha think?

    very strange retro stlye watch you have, very interesting watch and its a vulcain

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    Re: Vulcain Jump Hour...whatcha think?

    Very interesting indeed. But as noted above the buy it now values on Ebay don't mean anything. I've often seen the second seller trying to pass off watches at ten times their real value (and will accept a 50% offer without blinking an eye). Even if he does manage to sell it at that price, it doesn't mean that you'd find another buyer willing to do so.


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    Re: Vulcain Jump Hour...whatcha think?

    Very interesting and unusual.
    Would definitely be a keeper if in my collection.
    My one concern is how well that strap will age over time.
    So unique it would be nigh impossible to find a replacement if it started to tear, crack, etc.
    I've got more Converse sneakers than watches, but it is a close race.

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    Re: Vulcain Jump Hour...whatcha think?

    I've worn it one time and the blue suede started to react weird when I began to sweat (I was at an outside art festival in the sun) so I haven't worn it since. I have a leathersmith that says he can make a custom replacement that would be indistinguishable from the original. I'm considering it because I actually want to wear this piece anytime a retro themed event comes up. Still pretty accurate at +4 a day.

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